Khmer is the official language of Cambodia, and the language of the Khmer people in Cambodia and elsewhere. There are approximately 14 million first-language speakers, in at least 9 territories. The largest populations outside Cambodia are in Thailand and Viet Nam (both have over a million Khmer speakers), many of these will have been refugees during the mid-1970s. Khmer people were also resettled to Thailand in the early nineteenth century.
Other populations are recorded in the United States, France, Australia, Lao People's Dem Republic and the United Kingdom.